Tynecastle FC claimed the Cruden Rose Bowl Cup at the weekend as they overcame strong opposition in the form of AC Oxgangs in a very weather-affected game at Bonnyrigg’s New Dundas Park. Determination and endeavour were paramount in their success and they managed to break down an organised Oxgangs side to win 2-1.
Stephen Scott opened up the scoring for Tynie and it was adept central midfielder Joe Walker who doubled their lead. Winger Lewis Murray pulled one back for Oxgangs but the second half proved to be goalless and it was the team in maroon who eventually triumphed.
The encounter was as expected for the opening stages of the game, with a draw and a win for Tynecastle in the league games between the sides showing that they were well matched. The opening proved to be very even as both teams looked to settle into the game quickly.
After a few half chances, notably Tynie’s Stephen Scott heading wide from a corner, it looked as if Tynecastle were beginning to move the ball around with added confidence and on 19 minutes it was Scott himself who bagged the first goal of the game. The ball fell kindly for Scott from a knock down and he did not hesitate to lash the ball into the top left corner from 18 yards leaving the opposition keeper with little to no chance.
The losing side looked to get back into the game as soon as possible and they had a good opportunity to level when Murray was brought down on the edge of the box. A well-practiced free kick routine opened up space for Tom Embleton to have a shot at goal but Tynie keeper Chris Burt made a comfortable save.
Tynecastle doubled their lead through Joe Walker. Some excellent footwork from Anton Dowds on the wing opened up space to cross and his pull back fell to Walker who made no mistake in firing a shot into the roof of the net from 12 yards to further their lead.
The winning side were beginning to take hold of the game and some excellent short, sharp tiki-taka play between Kyle Scott, Stephen Scott and Dowds opened up the Oxgangs defence only for the resulting shot to be blocked.
However, the team in blue showed they were not going to let Tynecastle win without a fight. Lewis Murray had shown exceptional talent on the ball when Oxgangs were in possession and he looked very likely to be the man to bring them level. He picked up the ball from the left and drove his way inward with his resulting strike from an ambitious angle smashing the roof of the net as it's power left the keeper standing to make the score 2-1.
The strong winds at Dundas Park were beginning to affect play as both teams struggled to keep possession with the only chance in the closing stages of the first half coming from Anton Dowds’ free kick which went narrowly wide from 20 yards.